PSG set Ligue 1 record of 33 games undefeated

PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) established a new Ligue 1 record on Wednesday as they stretched their unbeaten streak to 33 matches by easing past Lorient 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.

Edinson Cavani was given a rare start by Laurent Blanc and justified his manager's decision by opening the scoring in the sixth minute.

Lorient struck back midway through the first half with a well-worked equaliser from Raphael Guerreiro.

The defending champions forged ahead again with a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal 10 minutes after half-time.

PSG were not at their fluent best, but Layvin Kurzawa made it three with an excellent strike.

Blanc rang the changes, six in all, from the side that equalled the record Nantes set over 20 years ago by winning at Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

"We can be very pleased tonight. The record, it really is something", Blanc said after his side's 14th win in a row. "Though about the match itself, my feelings are mixed.

"We were not in total control at certain times. But I have to take my share of the responsibility. After rotating the team, it is normal to have a few problems."

Angel di Maria and Cavani both missed chances to add a fourth, while Walid Mesloub was denied at the other end by goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. But those late exchanges were mere footnotes as PSG went a staggering 24 points clear at the top of the table.

With a crucial Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea starting on Feb 16, Blanc still wants further improvement.

"We could have had more goals, but Lorient could have scored more too," he said.

"I am delighted with the performance of Cavani, but individually and as a team we could have done better, and I include myself in that."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2016, with the headline 'PSG set Ligue 1 record of 33 games undefeated'. Print Edition | Subscribe